Anton Schwartz Workshop
Saturday, May 5, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 - 3:00 pm Jazz Piano Skills for Non-Pianists
The piano is an invaluable tool for every jazz musician. This workshop focuses on things a non-pianst, or non-jazz pianist, can do to efficiently acquire skills that will be useful in their music. The goal is not to become a performing pianist but to be able to use the piano to improve your ear, help you learn songs, demonstrate ideas to bandmates, and eventually compose and arrange music. As a result, this workshop is very different from “beginning jazz piano.” Subjects will include: roles of the left and right hand, simple chord voicings with a pathway to more complexity, bass notes and bass lines, and the ranges of the piano most appropriate for different purposes.
Appropriate for jazz players with a minimum of piano knowledge or non-jazz pianists interested in jazz.
Prerequisite: Some familiarity with the piano, not necessarily jazz. Participants should be able to at least find individual notes.
Anton Schwartz is an award winning saxophonist and composer, who has headlined jazz clubs around the nation, including the Blue Note (NYC), Yoshi’s (Oakland), Jazz Alley (Seattle) and Dizzy’s (NYC). He is on the faculty of the California Jazz Conservatory and has been artist in residence at Harvard University and the Brubeck Institute. He uses the piano to compose and teach.